Hi All: Let me preface this by saying that I have competed in USTA leagues in the past at the 4.0 both in singles and doubles. The first season, I played 1st and 2nd doubles with various partners in a USTA men's league. Several years later, after improving my technique considerably, I played 1st or second singles in a different USTA men's league. Shortly after this, I won several 4.5 level tournaments and club pros told me that I was probably a 5.0 Almost 3 years ago I moved into a townhouse development that fielded a team in an under 60 country club league. They field 5 doubles per match. I started at 3 the first few times but was moved down to 4 and 5. I always ended up with a very weak partner who could not move well, had a glaring weakness, such as serve, return and backhand, etc. In all instances, when I set up a point, they could not finish it, etc., etc. I played with various different guys. There is a pro who was paid by the development who supposedly put the combinations together. However, I hit with him occassionally and he told me unsolicited that I was probably 1 of the top 2 players there, and had the best overall game. He was not the captain. Two older guys were captains. One who is pretty good but inconsistent and the other who has glaring weaknesses including the inability to hit a backhand. This past season, I played with the later once. We are both lefties, and I played the deuce court although I am stronger in the ad court since my backhand is much stronger than his. Before we started the match, we discussed and agreed that balls down the middle were mine (I have a very strong forehand and he has a very weak backhand). During the match he kept going after balls down the middle with his backhand, even when i called it. Of course, he missed. etc., etc., etc. I decided to quit the team after the match. It was no fun and I was frustrated after every match. I pretended to have an injury so I would not be asked to play. I know how to play basic doubles. I was honorable mention all state in high school, and all county in the late 1970s and improved my game into my 30s and early 40s. The bottom line is this. I don't think I deserved to play first doubles, but certainly 2nd or 3rd. I am a better singles than doubles player but I have reasonable doubles experience. However, I don't understand why was I being positioned at 4 and 5 where I had to carry my partner without a great chance of success. I was never given the opportunity to play with a partner with whom there would be good chemistry. I also ended up playing with different guys almost every time. Our 2s and 3s didn't fare any better in competition. Is it politics, ego, or something else?